This comprehensive compound unit (136 pages of GREAT STUFF!) explores two of Katherine Paterson's novels (THE SAME STUFF AS STARS and JIP: HIS STORY) and allows students to dig deeper into the themes that are present in both (mainly, mental illness and foster care.) Each unit is divided into sections, so you can go as slow or as fast as you want (9 sections for JIP, 5 sections for SAME STUFF.) This author study unit is focused on high grade level, but is very adaptable to other grade levels. There are wonderful informational teacher supplements for each unit so that you have added knowledge to bring to the classroom each day. Enjoy!
Note: The preview up on this site is of JIP only. The Same Stuff as Stars follows the same format.
Ways to use this unit:
*small group choice read
*whole class two book instruction
*higher level individual learning
*wonderful compound unit for higher grade resource room
Common Core Standards used in both book units:
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.2: Determine a theme or central idea of the text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Progress of Plot/ Relationships
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.3: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution.
Meanings of words
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on mean and tone.
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting or plot.
Link to other texts
CCSS-ELA-Literacy-RL6.9: Compare and contrast texts in different forms of genres in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.